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  1. Democracy for America

    October 21, 2017 by admin

    Donald Trump just gave himself a 10 out of 10 on his response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico — even as millions there still suffer without power and water.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren isn’t buying it — and she’s fighting back.

    On Wednesday, Warren called for cutting off Wall Street from taking any more money from Puerto Rico:

    “‘Puerto Rico is facing a full-scale humanitarian crisis, and every last dollar of aid must go to helping the hurricane victims.’ Warren said in a statement emailed to POLITICO. ‘We have an obligation to put the lives of US citizens ahead of Wall Street profits — it’s as simple as that. Wall Street vulture funds should not get a single penny more from the devastated island.'”
    Last year, Congress took away Puerto Rico’s control over its own spending, and handed it to a “control board” made up of Wall Street cronies. Our government weakened Puerto Rico in order to keep Wall Street creditors happy. Now, those greedy bankers are insisting on getting their cut and making recovery more difficult. We need to push Congress to stop them immediately.

    Stand with Elizabeth Warren: Sign DFA’s petition calling on Congress to pass a full relief package — including forgiveness of Puerto Rico’s debts now.

    Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria — and Donald Trump is still treating the people there like second-class citizens.

    Earlier today, as Trump bragged about his response, he again pushed the idea of removing emergency responders, saying that FEMA “can’t be there forever.”

    The idea that we would give Puerto Rico anything less than all the help they need to recover from this catastrophe is racist, revolting and unacceptable.

    Sen. Warren is stepping up on relief efforts as well. She joined more than a dozen Senators calling on the Trump Administration to publish the true death toll, likely far higher than the 48 that have been officially reported. Trump is citing the lower number as a justification to abandon Puerto Rico.

    The fact of the matter is that Puerto Rico that the United States has been neglecting Puerto Rico for decades, and we facilitated a process that is allowing them to be held hostage by Wall Street. Until we fix that, their recovery will be incomplete by design.

    Puerto Rico has been taken advantage of by the United States for way too long. We need to do everything we can to ensure not only their recovery from this disaster, but long-term prosperity for its residents. Sign DFA’s petition calling for a Puerto Rico relief package that includes full debt forgiveness now.

    Thanks for fighting back against those who prioritize profits over people.

    – Karli

    Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager
    Democracy for America

  2. Derm Actuvites BUNCOMBE COUNTY

    October 20, 2017 by admin

    No BCDP Women’s Club dinner meeting in October.
    The next BCDDP Women’s Club dinner and meeting will be November 16th.

    BCDP Monthly Meeting

    When: Saturday, October 21, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
    Where: Buncombe County Democratic Party Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
    Description: Buncombe County Democratic Party officers will meet at BCDP HQ to discuss the past month and plans for the coming month. We’ll hear updates from auxiliaries, reports from each member of our executive board, and discuss the state of the party. No quorum is required for this meeting and it is open to all.
    Contact: Contact Jeff Rose at or call (828) 333-2595 with questions.
    When: Monday, October 23, 6pm to 8:30pm
    Where: Habitat Tavern and Commons, 174 Broadway St, Asheville, NC, 28801
    Description: Buncombe County Young Democrats and Asheville Sustainable Restaurant Workforce have teamed up with Habitat Tavern and Commons’ monthly Common Table event to present a Q&A with the Asheville city council candidates. Join us for a community discussion about issues affecting Asheville’s working class citizens.

    Food will be provided, so stay afterward to meet the candidates and your neighbors!
    Contact: Ben Sullivan at or call 704-677-5845

    Precinct 6.1 Monthly Potluck

    When: Thursday, October 26, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    Where: Buncombe County Democratic Party Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
    Description: Members of Precinct 6.1 are invited to our monthly potluck! Share food and talk local politics with your Democratic neighbors.
    Contact: Laura Evans at with questions.
    East Asheville Dems Day of Canvassing

    When: Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Where: Buncombe County Democratic Party Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
    Description: Join the East Asheville Dems for a day of getting out the vote! We’ll meet for a short training at the Democratic Headquarters as a cluster and then head out to our respective neighborhoods for a day of canvassing.
    Contact: Laura Evans at with questions.
    Precinct 9.1 Organizing Meeting

    When: Monday, October 30, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Where: BCDP Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Rd, Asheville, NC 28803, (map)
    Description: Larry Dodson, North Buncombe Cluster Leader, will be our guest speaker. Larry will help us plan how to organize our precinct for 2018 and beyond! Every registered Democrat in Precinct 9.1 is invited to attend!
    Contact: Bob Ballard at
    Monthly Volunteer Lunch

    When: Wednesday, November 1, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
    Where: BCDP Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Road, Asheville, NC (map)
    Description: Buncombe Democrat Volunteer Luncheon. Hot Dogs Catered by Anderson Davis $5.00. Join other BCDP volunteers!
    RSVP: Keith Thomson and for more information.

    11th District Meeting

    When: Wednesday, November 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Where: BCDP Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
    Description: Join Democrats from across the 11th District for our monthly meeting at Buncombe County Democratic Party HQ.
    Contact: Visit or email for more info.

    Hominies Cluster Monthly Meeting

    When: Thursdat, November 2, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m
    Where: Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sand Hill Rd, Candler, NC 28715 (map)
    Description: All Precinct Officers, members of any Hominies Precincts, and anyone interested in helping plan events/activities for the Hominies Cluster are welcome participants. Join us as we discuss and plan how to reach out to residents in our Hominies Communities in an effort to make a real difference and solve problems facing us all. Discussion will involve plans for February County Wide Precinct Meetings
    Contact: Nancy Waldrop at or 828-778-4186 with questions or to RSVP.
    East Asheville Dems Day of Canvassing

    When: Saturday, November 4, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Where: BCDP Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Rd, Asheville, NC 28803, USA (map)
    Description: Join the East Asheville Dems for a day of getting out the vote! We’ll meet for a short training at the Democratic Headquarters as a cluster and then head out to our respective neighborhoods for a day of canvassing.
    Contact: Laura Evans at with questions.
    Veterans’ Restoration Food Service

    When: Wednesday, November 8, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Where: ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters, 1329 Tunnel Rd. (map)
    Description: BCDP has elected to help prep and serve food every second Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three to 5 volunteers are needed each shift (we have 3 “regulars”). The residents and staff are very appreciative and the volunteers find the time spent very rewarding.
    Contact: Ingrid Campbell at or 828-515-2002 to sign up for a shift. Precinct Chairs, how about each of you taking one month’s shift and finding those 3-5 people to help.

    When Women Lead
    When: November 8th 6:30pm to 8pm
    Where: Highsmith Student Union, UNCA Campus.
    Description: Join the Young Democrats for the chance to hear from three local female leaders on how they got to where they are, and what young women can to do prepare for leadership positions in their communities. You will also have an opportunity to ask them questions about their professional paths and perspectives on leadership.

    UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant
    Asheville Mayor Esther Manhemier
    Our VOICE Executive Director Angelica Wind
    Contact: Ben Sullivan at or at 704-677-5845
    Senior Dems Monthly Meeting

    When: Thursday, November 9, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Where: BCDP Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Rd., Asheville, NC 28803 (map)
    Description: Buncombe County Senior Dems monthly meeting. We will have a Pot Luck. Please bring a covered dish to share or pay $5.00.
    RSVP: Helene Marcoux at

    The Future of the Democratic Party: Young Dems Special Meeting
    When: 6pm to 8pm
    Where: TBD
    Description: The Young Democrats are suspending regular business for a special meeting focused around one question: What is the future of the Democratic Party? More information to come soon.
    Contact: Ben Sullivan at
    Buncombe County Progressive Caucus Meeting

    When: Monday, November 13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    Where: Buncombe County Democratic Party HQ, Old Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
    Description: Our goal is to further progressive ideals. We work to get big money out of politics and bring power to the people–not just corporations. We believe higher education needs to be available to anyone willing to do the academic work. We stand up for single-payer health care. Come and join us–make these ideals a reality!
    Contact: Kris Kramer at
    BCDP Women’s Club Dinner

    When: Thursday, November 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Where: BCDP Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803
    Description: Monthly dinner meeting of the Buncombe County Democratic Women. Dinner is catered; cost is $12.00.

    Buncombe County Democratic Party · 951 Old Fairview Rd, Asheville, NC 28802, United States

  3. Rosen deserves our support in Nevada

    October 19, 2017 by admin

    The Washington Post says Democrats CAN take back the Senate – but ONLY if we win in Nevada. That’s why strong Democratic leaders like Senator Elizabeth Warren are doing everything they can to help Jacky Rosen win our best Senate pickup opportunity of 2018.
    Jacky is one of our best shots at picking up a Republican seat in 2018 – but Republicans are ready to dump buckets of money into Nevada … so she’s going to need our help. – Senator Elizabeth Warren
    Winning in Nevada is critical if we’re going to take back the Senate and stop President Trump’s anti-women, anti-health care agenda. But a recent poll shows this race is a DEAD HEAT – and a Mitch McConnell-linked group is already pledging to spend millions against us, so we need your grassroots support immediately.

    There are only hours until our midnight deadline, and we’re still falling short of our goal. Will you give $5 or more right now – every dollar you can before midnight – to help Jacky Rosen turn Nevada blue and take back the Senate for Democrats?
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  4. Democracy for America

    October 18, 2017 by admin

    This is stunning: a new Fox News poll shows Democrat Doug Jones and right-wing extremist Roy Moore are tied 42%-42% in the upcoming U.S. Senate special election in Alabama.

    Doug Jones took on the KKK and won. Roy Moore is a racist, anti-gay radical who was kicked off the Alabama Supreme Court twice for his hateful views.

    Democracy for America is supporting Doug Jones’s run for U.S. Senate not just because his opponent is unfit to serve — but because he has the progressive track record the Democratic Party needs in this key Senate race in the Deep South.

    Polls show we can stop Roy Moore from going to the U.S. Senate. Chip in $3 or more to help DFA elect Doug Jones in the Alabama special election!

    Just last week, we learned even more about Roy Moore’s extremism: it emerged that in 2010, he signed onto a resolution supporting states’ ability to nullify federal laws. This is the same theory that slaveowners and their supporters espoused before and during the Civil War.

    Oh, and Roy Moore’s foundation hosted pro-Confederate “Secession Day” events in 2009 and 2010.

    By contrast, Doug Jones has spent his life fighting for racial and economic justice. He comes from a union family of steelworkers and miners. He grew up working class in Fairfield, Alabama, and went to law school because he wanted to be a part of the solution in working for a more just, free, and equitable country.

    As a civil rights attorney, Doug Jones successfully won the long-overdue conviction of the KKK members who murdered four little Black girls — while they were attending Sunday School — in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

    We have to be clear: this is still going to be an uphill battle. But the poll shows a path to victory. If Democratic Party candidates run authentically on their values, prioritize and invest in voters of color, and build strong grassroots organizing operation, we can reverse the right-wing trend.

    Polls show a Democratic, KKK-fighting civil rights attorney named Doug Jones can stop Roy Moore from becoming the next U.S. Senator from Alabama. Will you help? Chip in $3 or more to elect Doug Jones in Alabama!

    Thank you for joining this crucial campaign.

    – Robert

    Robert Cruickshank, Senior Campaign Manager
    Democracy for America



  5. Wikipedia-

    October 18, 2017 by admin


    On December 10, 2014, you did something exceptional: you made your first $50 gift to keep Wikipedia thriving for hundreds of millions of readers. I didn’t expect that from you, and I was so grateful. We need your help again.

    I ask you, humbly: please renew your donation today.

    It’s a little awkward to talk about this, but the reality is that if enough people don’t pitch in every year, Wikipedia wouldn’t survive. The only alternative, then, would be to solicit advertising partners and sponsorships. Sell Wikipedia to the highest bidder. But then it wouldn’t be Wikipedia.

    As the Internet is increasingly sold to the highest bidder through paywalls and advertisers, Wikipedia remains independent. We are proud of our status as a non-profit and are grateful to readers like you for maintaining our independence over the years. Let’s not change that. Please give today.

    If all our past donors gave again today, our fundraiser would be over within an hour. We’re not there yet. Please help us end the fundraiser and improve Wikipedia.

    We believe in the power of facts–nonpartisan, not beholden to any single agenda. We are firm believers in open-source knowledge. We can only uphold this belief if we are completely independent, and in this age of partisan media, that’s never been more important.

    Yes, it’s ironic that we say “knowledge must be free” and then ask you to pay for it. But the alternative is that if you–the millions of readers, editors, and contributors to Wikipedia–do not give, then the open-source principle we value so much is placed at great risk.

    Now is the time we ask. If Wikipedia is useful to you, please take one minute to keep it online, ad-free, and growing another year.

    Jimmy Wales
    Wikipedia Founde

  6. Our Revolution

    October 18, 2017 by admin


    Yesterday, a federal court found the third iteration of the White House’s “travel ban” to be just as unconstitutional as the first two. While this halt is welcome, we cannot take it to mean that Trump will abandon his bigoted campaign promise to ban entry into the United States for some foreign nationals or those of Muslim faith.

    It is time for the White House to hear directly from you. Click here to tell White House officials to end travel bans.

    Discriminating against people due to their nationality or religion is against our nation’s values. What’s more, the White House’s fixation on what is really a Muslim ban, one that they cannot prove will have any demonstrable effect on national security, has prevented us from addressing the serious issues that we face as a nation.

    The people of Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Chad, Venezuela, and North Korea have endured harsh conditions under repressive regimes. Keeping refugees from reaching a safe haven makes our country culpable in their suffering. If we are to realize true equality for all human beings, we need to stop the paranoia and stereotypes that vilify innocent people for their faith, the color of their skin, or the language they speak.

    Call the White House and tell them to abandon the travel ban. We are not going to tolerate religious tests as a qualification to enter the land of the free.

    Contrary to what Trump believes, this decision is not about the ego of one judge or the motivations of one party. Stopping this is simply about doing what is right.

    In Solidarity,
    Jim Zogby
    Board Member
    Our Revolution

  7. When Greenpeace needed you most, you didn’t flinch.

    October 18, 2017 by admin


    Resolute Forest Products sued Greenpeace for $276 million trying to paint us as part of a criminal enterprise — simply because we spoke out to defend Canada’s Boreal forest. If it had won, Greenpeace USA would likely have been forced to close its doors.

    Now — just yesterday — the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed ALL of Resolute’s claims in this suit.

    It’s worth repeating. Resolute’s bogus lawsuit has been DISMISSED!

    District Judge Jon S. Tigar wrote that “the defendants’ speech constituted the expression of opinion, or different viewpoints that [are] a vital part of our democracy.” Noting that “Greenpeace’s publications at issue rely on scientific research or fact.”[1]

    We are so greatful to the people around the world that took action for free speech and forests — and made it clear that this lawsuit was a cynical attempt to silence Greenpeace and our co-defendant, Stand.Earth, with legal threats and burdens. You continued to stand with Greenpeace as we fought back and refused to give up fighting for a flourishing environment and prosperous communities.

    Thank you!

    The fight isn’t over yet. Resolute still needs to drop another meritless lawsuit against Greenpeace in Canada. I hope that Resolute is finally working to address its destructive forestry operations and forge a collaborative and sustainable path forward.

    And other corporations are mimicking Resolute’s failed attack.

    Energy Transfer Partners — the oil company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline — has hired the same law firm to sue Greenpeace as part of a criminal enterprise. And, no surprise, it’s Trump’s go-to law firm too.

    These cases don’t seek justice. They intend to silence free speech through expensive, time-consuming litigation. This pattern of harassment by corporate bullies must be stopped in its tracks.

    So we’re going to fight harder than ever. Will you donate today to help us continue to fight back and support all our critical work for people and planet?

    The world needs a healthy Boreal forest and certainly doesn’t need more oil projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline. Together, we can develop long-term sustainable solutions that respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples, protect local communities, and ensure the survival of the wildlife that makes our planet so beautiful.

    Thanks for all you do,

    Annie Leonard,
    Executive Director, Greenpeace USA

  8. A week ago today, with my family at my side, I was sworn in as Florida’s newest senator.

    October 18, 2017 by admin


    I am honored to be the first Hispanic Democratic woman elected to the Florida Senate. You made this happen.

    You can count on me to be a voice for inclusion, a voice for public education, a voice for the environment, and a voice for opportunity for all.

    It was a long journey to the Senate for our team, but we never gave up.

    In my swearing-in speech, I compared it to a marathon I ran right out of college. A hurricane hit on the day of the marathon. The rain pelted us and it felt like needles stinging my face. The wind pushed us backwards.

    But I knew one thing: I was not going to stop, and I was going to cross the finish line. Many people stopped and sought shelter, but I knew no amount of pain or difficult conditions were going to stop me. I won’t tell you my time, but I will tell you that I crossed the finish line.

    Now, we have another marathon to run as we work to flip the five seats we need to take back the Florida Senate.

    The work starts now. Help take back the Senate: chip in $5 today >>>

    Your friend in the fight,

    Annette Taddeo

  9. BREAKING from the Washington Post: Nevada Senate seat second most competitive in the country G

    October 17, 2017 by admin

    Give $5 or more now to elect Jacky Rosen, turn Nevada blue and help take back the Senate!
    Richard – New race rankings were just announced, and Nevada is the second most competitive seat in the country!

    As the Washington Post reports, “Dean Heller is certainly the most vulnerable Republican up for reelection next year… He’s the only Republican up for reelection in a state Hillary Clinton won.”

    This proves we can defeat Dean Heller and send Jacky Rosen to the Senate to represent Nevada. But to do it, we NEED to raise $10,000 before midnight to stay on track. We’re behind right now, so we really need your help. Will you donate $5 or more – every dollar you can – to elect Jacky Rosen and take back the Senate?
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  10. keep Keith Ellison in congress –.Our revolution

    October 17, 2017 by admin


    Trump’s executive order to sabotage our health care system has made it clearer than ever: Trump is motivated by petty politics, not improving the lives of Americans.

    His decision to end the cost-sharing reduction payments of the ACA will cause 1 million Americans to lose their health care next year alone and premiums will skyrocket for millions more. He is even making it easier for employers to deny birth control coverage.

    Like turning the whole table over after losing at cards, Trump is deliberately hurting American families because he failed to pass his terrible health care bill.

    Here’s what he doesn’t get: health care is not a game. Even with lives on the line, Trump would rather score cheap political points than do what’s right.

    It’s cruel, reckless, and unbelievably childish, and we’re going to hold Trump and every single one of his Republican allies in Congress accountable.

    We need to continue organizing so we can mobilize our grassroots network against the Republican attacks now, and build and expand our movement so we can take back Congress in 2018.

    It’s not going to be easy, but I know we can do it. We just need to make sure we have the resources we need to keep fighting. We’re about $18,000 short of our October goal and we’re already more than half way through the month.

    Make a contribution to our people-powered movement and help us make up the difference. Our average online contribution is about $17, but whatever works for you works for us.

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    Health care is a human right, not a privilege or a political bargaining chip.

    In solidarity,

    Keith Ellison